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Jane Austen - Author

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.
 
As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

 

Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Jane Austen...

I can't not choose her.  And whichever I've read last is always my favourite.  The nuance of emotion, the understanding of human nature revealed by Austen constantly delights me.  When I reread Sense and Sensibility recently, for the first time Elinor came across as quite prissy and destined to marry a rather spineless husband.  I wonder if that was intended?

Featured books by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2012

'No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes...'  The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2007

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Other books by Jane Austen

Lady Susan

Lady Susan

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Lady Susan

Lady Susan

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2019

Born into a poor family, Fanny Price is raised amid the daunting splendour of Mansfield Park by her rich uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram. Treated as an inferior by most of the family, Fanny forms a close attachment to her cousin Edmund, the only person to show her kindness. With the departure of her uncle to the West Indies and the arrival from London of the fashionable Henry and Mary Crawford, flirtation and romantic intrigue abound. As Fanny becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the conduct of her companions, she finds herself isolated and forced to face the conflict between her sense of integrity and social expectation.

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2019

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2019